Marvel Adds ‘Ant-Man’ Sequel to Phase Three; ‘Black Panther’ & ‘Captain Marvel’ Shift

Paul Rudd & Evangeline Lilly in 'Ant-Man'

Marvel has once again adjusted their Phase Three slate of films by adding a sequel to Ant-Man. The “surprise hit of the summer” will get a sequel in 2018 titled Ant-Man and the Wasp. Initially, there was no sequel planned through 2020, but the change makes sense. Ant-Man was quite a success given the popularity of the character and all the pre-production trouble that happen regarding Edgar Wright.

No further details on the sequel have been announced. You can probably guess from the title that the story will feature a lot more of Hope Van Dyne (Evangelline Lilly). It makes sense that she would be a bigger part of the story moving forward, based on how she was given her suit by her father Hank Pym in the post credits scene. Now onto that title…

As excited as I am for the sequel, I’m not so sold on the title Ant-Man and the Wasp. Here’s why.

  • If you ask me, it kind of sounds like a gimmick. Why not just call it Ant-Man 2, what’s wrong with that name? My theory is that 2018 will be much busier for comic book films than this past summer, with films like The Flash, Aquaman, and (if I’m not mistaken) the X-Men/FF crossover film. Suddenly Ant-Man has a lot more competition, and may need to stand out a bit more. That’s just my guess.
  • The Wasp feels like an afterthought when looking at the title. She wasn’t given much to do in the first film, she actually wasn’t given anything to do. It feels like Marvel is making it up to her with the title.

Anyways, I’m very much excited for the sequel, not so much for the title. I’m curious to see where they go with Hank Pym’s side plot of getting his wife back from the subatomic realm.

Moving on, Marvel has push forward their Black Panther movie. Originally scheduled for July 6, 2018 to now February 16, 2018. Marvel has also pushed back Captain Marvel from November 2, 2018 to March 8, 2019.

At first I was happy to see that we’re getting a Black Panther four months sooner, then someone brought to my attention the film will release on Black History Month. I think that’s awesome and significant since it’ll be Marvel’s first film focused on a black superhero. I’m not so much happy on waiting longer for a Captain Marvel movie, maybe the studio is having trouble finding their female lead. Although, it wouldn’t surprise me if they already have her signed. You know how Marvel can be.

Lastly, Marvel has planted flags for three future release dates in May 1, 2020, July 10, 2020, and November 6, 2020. I’m betting two of them will be sequels to Spider-Man and Doctor Strange, but its anyone’s guess. This is all another example of Kevin Feige’s recent comments of Marvel having a contingency plan for their films.

Marvel’s Updated Phase Three Films Slate

  • May 6, 2016 – Captain America: Civil War
  • November 4, 2016 – Doctor Strange
  • May 5, 2017 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
  • July 28, 2017 – Spider-Man
  • November 3, 2017 – Thor Ragnarok
  • February 16, 2018 – Black Panther (Previously July 6, 2018)
  • July 6, 2018 – Ant-Man and the Wasp (Previously unannounced)
  • March 8, 2019 – Captain Marvel (Previously November 2, 2018)
  • May 1, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Studios Film
  • July 10, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Studios Film
  • November 6, 2020 – Untitled Marvel Studios Film

Let us know how you feel about the title Ant-Man and the Wasp?

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